Extruder supplier Berstorff Corp. is moving from Charlotte, N.C., and moving in with its sister machinery company, Krauss-Maffei Corp. in Florence, Ky.
Berstorff announced the relocation Dec. 5. The company will complete the move by May 1998, a spokesman said.
Berstorff is feeling the impact of high-level recent decisions announced just three weeks ago in Germany. On Nov. 17, Mannesmann AG announced plans to reorganize all of its plastics machinery manufacturing companies, which had been run separately, into a single business group.
Berstorff Corp. is the U.S. unit of Hermann Berstorff Maschinenbau GmbH of Hannover, Germany. In 1994, Krauss-Maffei AG of Munich, Germany, acquired majority ownership of Berstorff. Krauss-Maffei is owned by Mannesmann, the German industrial giant based in Dusseldorf.
Other companies in the group include Mannesmann Demag Kunststofftechnik, Van Dorn Demag Corp., Netstal-Maschinen AG and Billion SA.
In Florence, Berstorff Corp. will use a total of 130,000 square feet of the Krauss-Maffei facility, for assembly, engineering, marketing, testing and pilot plant operations.
The Florence building will be expanded, but the exact size of the addition was not available.
Key personnel will be relocated from Charlotte to Florence, which is near Cincinnati.
``Our proximity to Krauss-Maffei will create opportunities for synergies in technical development and marketing. We anticipate a strategic sharing of resources,'' Nelson Hopcus, Berstorff president, said in a news release.
Hopcus also said Berstorff has outgrown its Charlotte facility.
Hopcus was traveling and unavailable for further comment.
Berstorff is a major supplier of compounding extruders for plastics. In 1995, the company introduced its high-output twin-screw machine, the ZE Ultra Torque. Berstorff also supplies calendering lines to both plastics and rubber processors.
The Florence facility houses Krauss-Maffei's injection molding, extruder and reaction injection molding machinery businesses.
Krauss-Maffei's extrusion equipment goes mainly into pipe and profile markets. Krauss-Maffei and Berstorff do not compete against each other in extrusion.
Krauss-Maffei extrusion officials could not be reached to comment on the Berstorff relocation.
Hopcus said the Florence facility will allow Berstorff to increase production and improve its laboratory and testing center.
Berstorff also wants to increase field sales offices to include the southeastern and north central United States.